Man of the Match: AB de Villiers
Bottom table Qalandars face off the Sultans!
Our Prediction is Multan Sultans to win!
Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars will be looking to start their road to recovery when they will face each other in the 10th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Sharjah on Friday.
Shoaib Malik and co. will be looking to get back to winning ways in the competition. The side will need to bring their A-game to the table in order to beat Lahore Qalandars in this contest. After 3 matches played, Multan Sultans have two points to their name at the moment.
On the other hand, Lahore Qalandars are currently lying at the bottom of league table with two points to their name. Skipper AB De Villiers will need to lead from the front and help Lahore end their winless streak in this game.
The franchise has once again struggled to produce consistency with the bat and ball in the fourth edition of PSL. The side has suffered a setback as captain Mohammad Hafeez has been sidelined out of the competition due to thumb injury. AB De Villiers has been named interim captain for the competition.
The side will be depending on the opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akthar to do the bulk of the scoring. The duo perished for low scores in the previous game played against Peshawar Zalmi. Zaman is leading run-scorer for the franchise so far this season with 97 run at an average of 32.33
AB De Villiers hasn’t been able to put in big scores in the comptetition.He needs to spend at the crease to find form with the bat for Lahore in this year’s tournament. The likes of Anton Devcich, Brendan Taylor and Agha Salman will need to contribute with the bat for the next set of the games to be played in the competition.
Rookie pacer Haris Rauf has produced probing spells with the new-ball and claimed five wickets so far this season.
Rahat Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi also bowled well in the previous game and failed to pick up wickets for the side in the middle-overs of the innings.
AB De Villiers (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akthar, Anton Devcich, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rahat Ali, Haris Rauf, Brendan Taylor (wk), Yasir Shah, Agha Salman, Hardus Viljeon
Sohail Akhtar, BRM Taylor, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahat Ali, F Zaman, AB de Villiers, Shaheen Afridi, Salman Butt, Agha Salman, D Wiese, Haris Rauf
For Multan, the responsibility in the batting department will be shared by in-form captain Shoaib Malik, who has scored 136 runs in 3 matches at an average of 68.00. The franchise will be hoping that Shoaib can continue his rich vein of form in this game as well.
The likes of Shan Masood, Laurie Evans and James Vince will need to contribute with the bat for the franchise. The side will be hoping that middle-order can come to the party with the bat against Lahore Qalandars.
Opener Shan Masood has got off to decent start and but need to convert those into big scores. He certainly is a player that has the attributes of becoming a good player in the T20 format.
The form of all-rounder Shahid Afridi remained a serious cause of concern for the team management, as he has only managed to score 30 runs in three matches at a disappointing average of 15.00. The inclusion of Dan Christian and Andre Russell certainly provide the franchise options with bat and ball.
In the bowling department, the responsibility will be on the likes of Mohammad Irfan, Ali Shafiq and Junaid Khan to deliver breakthroughs with the new-ball. Shahid Afridi is the premier option for the franchise in the competition.
Shoaib Malik (c), James Vince, Shan Masood, Laurie Evans, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Andre Russell, Mohammad Irfan, Nauman Ali, Shakeel Ansar, Ali Shafiq
James Vince, Mohammad Ilyas, Hammad Azam, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Andre Russell, Laurie Evans, Shoaib Malik, DT Christian, U Siddiq Khan
The surface at Sharjah has surprised many with its pace and carry. Expect another high-scoring game between the two sides. The weather forecast for the game on Friday is going to be cloudy.
The venue has provided exciting contest between bat and ball. The previous game was won by side batting second. The dew has played a big role in the second half of the game.
The side that wins the toss would like to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest score on the board.
Multan Sultans is better placed at the moment to win this game. Shoaib Malik and co. have the firepower to beat Lahore Qalandars in this game. On the other hand, Lahore Qalandars will need to bring their A-game to the table with the bat to end their losing streak.
We are backing Multan Sultans for the win!
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